I’ve read a couple of posts by “big-name” sewing bloggers recently about why they are monetising their blogs. They provide great arguments and rationale. I especially understand why you would want to monetise your sewing blog if you have a sewing related business – or if you have a huge readership who clearly do follow your links. But here’s why I don’t monetise mine.
- Sewing – and by extension, blogging about it – is my hobby. By definition, a hobby isn’t a job. I don’t make money out of it.
- If I wanted to make more money, I’d do more hours at my day job. The hourly return there is far more than I would ever get from blogging.
- I’m a small-time blogger. Why would I want to bother monetising?
- Money creates expectation. If I’m being paid or receiving financial reward in some way from what I am doing, there are certain obligations that go along with that, whether explicit or implicit. I’m not interested in those obligations.
- No-one makes me blog. I blog for me. I am thrilled that there are people who like to read my blog, but the main driver of my blogging is to record my sewing and crocheting. It’s an online journal.
- I link to patterns I like, products I use, books that I read, web-sites that I frequent, shops that I buy from. Because they are what I use. Not for any other reason. I don’t want to link for any other reason.
- Not everything in life has to be about money or financial reward for effort. What about karma?
Many of these points are inter-related. I suspect that others may have similar reasons for not monetising their blogs. I am not saying that people shouldn’t monetise, but I also think that there are valid reasons for not heading in that direction. Your thoughts?